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North Korea foreign minister says Trump ‘declared war,’ that country can shoot down ‘US bombers’

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North Korea stepped up the rhetoric even more today. Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is now telling the media that President Trump’s latest comments amount to a declaration of war and they are considering shooting our bombers out of the sky even if they are in international airspace. “The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York. The war drums are getting ever louder and North Korea gets more and more arrogant and aggressive with each passing day.

Ri Yong-ho added: “In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operations table of the supreme leadership of the [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea].” Kim Jong-Un is not crazy and he’s not stupid. He knows that our military would destroy North Korea if they had no backing by China, Russia and Iran. Unfortunately, they do have backing and therefore, Kim feels emboldened.

Meanwhile, President Trump also raised the stakes in this game of nuclear chicken. Some reporters are calling his statements a threat of regime change. He tweeted out that Kim Jong-Un “won’t be around much longer,” which North Korea then called a declaration of war. As Ri left the UN today, he stated that his country had “every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.” If North Korea does such a thing, it would be a blatant act of war and the United States would have no choice but to return the attack.

Yesterday, the US flew fighter jets near North Korea’s east coast. That is the farthest north any US fighter plane has flown over the demilitarized zone this century, according to the Pentagon. A Pentagon spokeswoman said the flyover was intended as a message to North Korea that President Trump had many military options at his disposal. “We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies,” said spokeswoman Dana White.

Perspectives

North Korea’s foreign minister: Trump’s words are ‘clearly a declaration of war’ – POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/north-korea-foreign-minister-trump-declaration-of-war-243098“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make counter measures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country,” he said. “The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.”

North Korea says U.S. ‘declared war,’ warns it could shoot down U.S. bombers | Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/north-korea-says-u-s-declared-war-warns-it-could-shoot-down-u-s-bombers-idUSKCN1C026AA defense expert, Bruce Bennett of the Rand Corp think tank, said North Korea would have difficulties shooting down a U.S. bomber with missiles or fighter planes given its limited capabilities, and if it tried and failed, would appear weak.

“It is unlikely to take such a risk,” he said. “So this sounds like another attempt by North Korea to ‘deter by bluster’ U.S. actions the regime does not like.”

Gold price spikes as North Korean foreign minister says Donald Trump has made a declaration of war | City A.M.

http://www.cityam.com/272661/north-korean-foreign-minister-donald-trumps-comments-wereGold futures jumped 0.5 per cent to $1,303.94 while the dollar fell 0.2 per cent against the yen to ¥111.76 after Ri’s speech, at the UN in New York today.

US says it’s not pushing for regime change in North Korea | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/25/us-says-its-not-pushing-for-regime-change-in-north-korea.html“We have not declared war on North Korea. Frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “It’s never appropriate for a country to shoot down another country’s aircraft when it’s over international waters.”

“Our goal is still the same. We continue to seek the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” she said.

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Final Thoughts

North Korea’s nuclear program is a clear and present danger, not just to the US, but to the world. Time is running out and a confrontation now seems inevitable. The Hermit Kingdom has just conducted their sixth nuclear test and they have reportedly developed ballistic missiles that can carry a nuclear payload and reach the US mainland. Kim has also threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. Reports have also surfaced this weekend that North Korea has a massive chemical weapons storehouse and is adding to it.

All of this follows Trump’s threat of raining down “fire and fury” on North Korea if they attack us or our allies. In his speech to the United Nations last week, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the country and referred to Jong-Un as “Rocket Man.” Ri responded by stating that it was now “inevitable” that North Korea would target the US mainland with its rockets. He also called President Trump “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacency” who was trying to turn the UN into a “gangsters’ nest.”

More rhetoric came directly from Kim, which has never happened before. He bypassed state-owned channels to give a speech where he claimed he would “surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.” Kim feels he can get away with pretty much any threat after launching two separate missiles over Japan. In response to all of that, the UN has imposed stringent sanctions on the country, capping their oil imports, banning textile exports and barring countries from giving work visas to North Korean citizens. And China claims they are cutting North Korea off as well. I’ll believe it when I see it. China will make a show of it and still deal with their proxy through third channels as they always have. Sanctions will not work. They never have with the North Koreans.

“Enough is enough,” US ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council earlier this month. “War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited.” And war is very close now… our patience has just about run out.

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Would the White House pressure Benjamin Netanyahu to form government with left-leaning parties?

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Would the White House pressure Benjamin Netanyahu to form government with left-leaning parties

On the surface, it may be difficult to imagine President Trump, a Republican, quietly pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next Israeli government in a coalition with left-leaning parties should he win the April elections. But dig a little deeper and the thought becomes plausible. Why? Because it’s very likely his much-touted Middle East peace plan includes provisions for the Palestinians that conservatives in Israel may not allow.

A pair of articles out of Israel hint at this possibility:

My Take

It isn’t just those supporting such a move who are talking about it. New Right candidate Caroline Glick told the Jerusalem Post in an interview: “It’s mystifying that [Trump administration officials] think there’s a deal to be made when there so obviously isn’t one from the Palestinian perspective.”

Just as President Obama wanted to make his mark with the Iranian nuclear deal, so too would President Trump want to do what no world leader has been able to truly accomplish in history: a negotiated and firm peace in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be a crowning achievement if that was the only thing in his legacy. It would be truly historic.

Of course, most experts on Middle East affairs agree that there’s no chance for such a deal or a lasting peace without a two-state solution on the table, which is almost certainly what the Trump administration is going to push on Israel. The left in the Jewish state seem amicable to the idea, but conservatives are generally opposed. Doing so would weaken them militarily, forcing them to cover areas they currently control and bringing the potential for attacks against Israel nearly impossible to repel.

It’s the hope of any American leader to bring peace to the Middle East because it’s never been done before. Unfortunately, the path to peace is one that would eventually be covered with Israeli blood. That’s the nature of the hatred towards the Jews.

 


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Losers all around: Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

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Losers all around Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

The Senate and House just put a bill on the President’s desk that he intends to sign. This bill will keep the government funded for most of the year and has many components worth discussing within its 1200 pages. For this discussion, let’s look specifically at the border security components because there seems to be losers across the board without a single winner in sight… at least not from this country.

First, let’s look at the two parties.

Democrats lose the political clout that would have come from a bipartisan agreement to fund the border wall. While most on the left see it as a win that they were able to put together a bill that snuck in so many atrocious immigration loopholes (which we’ll cover below), those loopholes will be used to demonstrate how bad their border policy really is.

But it would all be worth it to them if the wall never got built, at least politically speaking for 2020. The wall is President Trump’s post-midterm achievement if he can get a good chunk of it built, so stopping him from doing so would have been a win. There’s still a chance it can be a win for the Democrats if the White House doesn’t play their cards right. The national emergency declaration may or may not get the wall started before the election, so they’ll need to invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 to get it going sooner rather than later.

Of course, the biggest loss for Democrats is their own policies. It may not have the immediate negative impact necessary to affect them in 2020, but it will have a negative impact nonetheless. As drug cartels and criminal illegal immigrants benefit from the insane policies they put in the bill, the only defense the Democrats will have is that a majority of Republicans backed it as well.

Republicans lose because this deal demonstrates their weakness. They were too weak to fight the border wall battle when they had control of the House, Senate, and White House simultaneously. There’s no reason to expect them to have grown a backbone since the midterms, and this bill proves they did not.

They folded on the border wall dollars. They folded on the restrictions placed on the border wall itself. They folded on the number of beds set aside for detained illegal immigrants. They folded on the allowance of what can only be construed as amnesty for future illegal border crossing unaccompanied minor sponsors (it’s a mouthful, but we’ll get into those protections a bit later).

In short, they folded on nearly everything and put the President in a position where his only viable option was to declare the national emergency. Sadly, it means the GOP not only accomplished nothing since the shutdown began, but also demonstrated the shutdown could have easily been avoided by simply caving then instead of waiting two months to cave.

Now, let’s look at everyone other than the parties themselves.

President Trump loses because this deal makes the shutdown look meaningless. It also exposes him to the wrath of conservatives who are both unhappy with the deal itself and infuriated by the massive overreach the national emergency declaration represents.

The only possible way for him to make it out of this mess with chances still intact for a reelection win are if three very specific things happen:

  1. He has to get a good chunk of the wall built before the election.
  2. Crime and illegal immigration numbers must go down before the election.
  3. Somehow, the negative components of this deal cannot come back to haunt him, though that seems unlikely at this point because the negatives are so numerous and utterly horrendous.

But the worst loss of all for the President is that it will be very hard for him to spin the use of a national emergency and creative appropriations to build a wall when he said literally hundreds of times that Mexico was going to pay for it. Yes, this catchy line helped him win the primaries and possibly even the general election, but it’s turning into such an inaccurate campaign promise that it can’t even be called a broken promise anymore. At this point, it appears to be a bald-faced campaign lie.

Most of all, the American people lose, This will be demonstrated on so many levels over the next couple of years that it will be hard to keep track of every instance that this bill makes us less safe, wastes our money, steals from our prosperity potential, and undercuts our sovereignty.

I’ll let Twitter explain this even further:

And the winner is…

Drug cartels, criminal illegal immigrants, and anyone willing and able to take advantage of Washington DC’s stupidity are the only winners from the border omnibus deal. National emergency declarations cannot take away from how bad this is. In fact, it may make it worse.

 


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As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

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As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

The threat represented by Iran in the war-torn nation of Syria manifests in multiple ways. Other Middle Eastern nations are concerned that if Iran’s military is allowed to get entrenched in Syria, they will have too much direct access to the region in ways that threaten the peace. The United States and western allies are concerned that exerting control over the Syrian regime will turn them into a puppet state that will not solve the problems faced by the Syrian people.

Meanwhile, Israel faces the greatest threat as the nation that wants to wipe them off the map would be next door neighbors if they continue to fortify themselves in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows this all too well and has not been shy about expressing these views to the world. In fact, he did it today in meetings with 60 world leaders and followed up by sharing his perspectives on Twitter.

Iran is not Israel’s problem alone. They are a problem for all freedom-loving countries in the region as well as powers throughout Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. Israel needs our support as well as the support of others who realize the threat Iran poses to us all.

 


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